Monday, January 15, 2018

Mixing Patterns Using Big Bold Buffalo Checks

Are you noticing buffalo checks everywhere?  I am and I'm loving the look.
I believe the checks make a statement and work best when mixed with other patterns.


Here are some guidelines when mixing patterns:

1.   Choose one loved pattern.  Mine at the moment is buffalo check.

2.  Select a common color(s).  Black and white checks are my favorite.  Next beige or brown, then blue.  It's all a personal preference. 

3.  Make sure you distribute that color(s) evenly throughout the room.

4.  Select different patterns.  Three patterns work.

5.  Balance geometrics, stripes, plaids, chevrons, and dots with softer patterns like toile, florals, animal print, or botanicals.

6.  ALWAYS INCLUDE A SOLID OR TWO.   


For clarification, here are some mix and match fabric combos that include buffalo checks.

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These mix and match pillows are another example.  
You have a buffalo check, a polka dot, and a floral plus two repeating colors.

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There is buffalo check, toile, ticking stripe, a geometric, and a small pattern in this room.
The orange color breaks up the brown and beige.  It all works. 


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This is my absolute favorite room with buffalo checks.
Notice that the transferware plates are the toile pattern.
The fern adds a pop of green and the natural wood table and chair add texture.

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You don't have to put the buffalo check on your furniture.  A black and white checked pillow matches perfectly with leopard and green.

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Here's another space with a lot going on. 
Would you ever think to combine navy with brown and all these patterns?

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Plaid, ethnic, buffalo check, and stripes.  Yes.
The art even has a pattern.

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Buffalo checks on the window seat, a large pattern on the red pillows, and stripes on the other.

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Buffalo checks and florals.

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Buffalo checks and paisley.

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Red, white, and blue.
Checks, geometrics, and stripes.

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Are you on board the buffalo checks train?